Approaches, Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Transformation
Included in Study
Bachelor's Programme in IT and Information Systems
Bachelor's Programme in Planning and Communication
Bachelor's Programme in Sociology
Bachelor's Programme in Global Development Studies
Language of instruction
One year of studies within the social sciences or the humanities. NOTE: The courses SV-156 and SV-157are taught sequentially during the semester. In order to take SV-157, students will need to take SV-156 the same semester. In order to take SV-220, students will need to take both SV-156 and SV-157.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
critically reflect on political, technological, and societal approaches and challenges to sustainable transformation
understand and apply key indicators to measure sustainable transformation and its progress
describe and critically discuss how (new) technology and digitalization influence communication and development approaches
understand how governance structures affect, enable, and constrain the design and implementation of sustainable development policies
reflect on effects and implications of (un-)sustainable development for politics and society
understand sustainable organizational innovations
select and assess approaches, tool kits and best practices to sustainable transformation
Who and what drives sustainable transformation? What are the impediments? What approaches, what tools are at hand to deal with the political, social, and technological challenges of sustainable transformation? And, how to measure its progress? What is the role of technology? What are emergent movements and conflicts? Questions like these are at the centre of the course. The course provides an overview of approaches as well as key indicators to measure sustainability. Students will learn about the drivers and challenges of sustainable transformation by discussing them in the context of selected case studies. Students are encouraged to develop their own draft projects focusing on selected technological, political, or social drivers and challenges.
The course combines lectures and group work discussing selected cases and approaches to provide students with the opportunity to actively discuss current challenges and possible solutions. Estimated workload is 270 hours.
Assessment methods and criteria
Portfolio examination including both group work and individual work, graded A-F. Further information about the portfolio will be given in Canvas.
The person responsible for the course decides, in cooperation with student representative, the form of student evaluation and whether the course is to have a midway or end of course evaluation in accordance with the quality system for education, chapter 4.1.
The courses SV-156 and SV-157are taught sequentially during the semester. In order to take SV-157, students will need to take SV-156 the same semester. In order to take SV-220, students will need to take both SV-156 and SV-157.